Saturday, October 1, 2022

Photo Album #13: With Josie Cotton, Steve Rodford (The Zombies), Joe Witkin (Sha-Na-Na, Slack Key Ohana), Sara Lee (Gang of Four, The B-52's, Indigo Girls)

More random photos from the Blindspot Records archives:

Josie Cotton, Bart Mendoza
Steve Rodford, Bart Mendoza
Josie Cotton, Bart Mendoza
Steve Rodford, Bart Mendoza
Bart Mendoza, Joe Witkin

Bart Mendoza, Tim Mays, Sara Lee

The San Diego Troubadour / FYI: miniaturized, Hemisphere / Reviews: Colin Blunstone, Maple Mars, The California Guitar Trio and much more!

Bart Mendoza's FYI column returns to The San Diego Troubadour this month! This time out we have Five Questions for Timothy Joseph; a spotlight on Hemisphere’s October 22 album release; a new edition of Strange Stage Stories with Sluka, Josh Rosenblum, Lou Lollio and more; plus reviews of Maple Mars, Colin Blunstone, the California Guitar Trio, and the Sons of Adam, as well as a new John Borack production!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Back In The Studio! Johnny Vernazza guests!

Bart Mendoza was at Pacific Records studio on September 28 working on several projects with Brian Witkin. Work was completed on vocals for the upcoming Manual Scan EP, while legendary guitarist Johnny 'V' Vernazza guested on a track from True Stories next album. Vernazza is best known as the guitarist with the Elvin Bishop, playing on the classic 1976 hit "Fooled Around and Fell In Love," as heard in such films as "Guardians of the Galaxy," also performing with the likes of Van Morrison, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Garcia and many more

Johnny Vernazza, Bart Mendoza, Brian Witkin. Photo by Billy Tisch

New Concert Spotlights: Samantha Fish, The Pixies, Fred Benedetti, Jesse Davis and more

Bart Mendoza's latest for the Beach and Bay Press / La Jolla Village News includes concert spotlights on Samantha Fish at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, The Pixies at SOMA, The Acoustic Evenings concert series at the Athenaeum with performances from Billy Galewood, Jamie Shadowlight, and Seawall Prophet, guitarist Fred Benedetti's annual John Lennon birthday celebration at Dizzy's, Polish chamber music group Apollon Musagete Quartet at The Conrad and a screening of the Jesse Davis documentary at Humphreys Backstage Live

Monday, September 26, 2022

Manual Scan / Adams Avenue Street Fair Set List!

Manual Scan played a 24 song set at the 40th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair, part of the great lineup on The Casbah Stage:
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Soundcheck: Route 66

Like Wow Wipeout
I Can’t Don’t Want To Faster
(She’s Used to Playing With) Fire
For Those
She’s So Fine
And We Still Feel The Same
Innocence Becomes You
Nothing Can Be Everything
David May
Biff Bang Pow
Jungle Beat
New Difference
American Way
Nothing You Can Do
Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again
She Said It’s Late
My Couch Is On Fire
Shooting Star
Heart Full of Soul
Plan of Action
No Matter What
Come See Me

Sunday, September 25, 2022

New Articles! The Moonjacks, The Babys / David Yuter, Sandi Shaner's Beatles Youth Tribute Band, 10 San Diego Beatles Covers and more!

Here are the latest articles by Bart Mendoza, appearing in all Local Umbrella Media newspapers, online and in print:

A conversation with Sandi Shaner about her Beatles Youth Tribute Band Music Education Program and North County's David Yuter is now performing with The Baby's! Head First!
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A conversation with Gabriel Torres of San Luis Obispo based trio, The Moonjacks
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In celebration Fred Benedetti's upcoming John Lennon tribute show at Dizzy's: Ten Fun Beatles covers by San Diegans 1968 - 2022 (including Gary Puckett, Frankie Laine, Atom Orr, The Greyboy Allstars, Jeff Berkley and more) + Top 5 Shows: The Schizophonics at the Casbah San Diego, Dark Globe at Navajo Live, Blue Largo at Humphreys Backstage Live, Farm Truck at Ramona Mainstage and Tim Flannery at the Belly Up
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My latest San Diego Music News Roundup in all Local Umbrella Media newspapers, with: The San Diego Music Hall of Fame, The Adams Avenue Street Fair / Riston Diggs, The Avengers / Hector Penalosa, Tamar Berk, Anthony Cullins, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Switchfoot, The Mothmen / Ray Brandes / Ron Silva), Jeffrey Brenneman, Cardiac Kidz / Jim Ryan, Slightly Stoopid, Thee Sacred Souls, Hemisphere with Rob Shinno, The Greyboy Allstars, Joel Scott Hill / Flying Burrito Brothers, Gary Puckett, Gregory Page, Swami Records / Plosives / Swami John Reis / Meatwave, Sven-Erik Seaholm, Jesse Davis / Humphreys Backstage Live and much more!
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Adams Avenue Street Fair / Manual Scan in The San Diego Union Tribune

George Varga has an extensive overview of the Adams Avenue Street Fair, which name checks Manual Scan's 40th Anniversary of Plan of Action.
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Spain's Magic Pop / Ritchie Brubaker Tribute

Spain's Magic Pop recently posted an article about the passing of Manual Scan guitarist Ritchie Brubaker.
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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Manual Scan 40th Anniversary Plan of Action Show / Adams Avenue Street Fair Saturday September 24 - Free!

Manual Scan will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their "Plan of Action" EP with a special show on September 24 as part of the 40th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair! Free! All Ages! The band will play on The Casbah stage performing both thier first and new EP all the way through, plus a batch of old favorites, for a show that's going to be a lot of fun! Also performing on the same stage: Starcrawler, The Loons, Scary Pierre, Low Volts, King Whisker and Tamar Berk!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

R.I.P. Manual Scan guitarist Ritchie Brubaker / Manual Scan in Las Vegas 1985

Condolences to the family and friends of guitarist Ritchie "Rooster" Brubaker, who passed away on August 31. He was an integral part of Manual Scan during the mid 1980's. A longtime close friend of the band, he and Kevin were co-workers at legendary music shop, Guitar Trader. Ritchie's own group, The Roosters, already an institution at the time, were an early inspiration and in fact, Manual Scan's first gig was opening for the Roosters at the London Tavern in downtown San Diego on July 4, 1981. In the mid 1980's he concurrently began several seasons of adventures with Manual Scan, which included shows across the Southland, from Huntington Beach to Las Vegas.

Ritchie contributed to Manual Scan's 1986 album, Down Lights (aka "1" in the U.K.), where he can be heard on the songs: "And We Still Feel The Same," "For Those," "Ever Any Reason," "Yesterday's Gone," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Confidence & Love," "Man About Town," "Don't Know Where To Start," "Shape Of Things," "Delve Into Everything" and "The Bird." The Manual Scan compilation, Plan of Action / The Best of Manual Scan 1980 -1992, from Spain's SNAP Records, also features a bonus track featuring Ritchie, "Gloria  (Live at Club Zu)." There are probably a few others out there as well.

Ritchie was a great friend and a great talent, he will be missed

Manual Scan in Las Vegas: Ritchie Brubaker driving the tour van
Manual Scan in Las Vegas: Ritchie Brubaker, Kevin Ring
Manual Scan in Las Vegas: Ritchie Brubaker, David Anderson, Bart Mendoza
Manual Scan in Las Vegas: Kevin Ring, David Anderson, Bart Mendoza
Manual Scan in Las Vegas: Ritchie Brubaker

Thursday, September 15, 2022

New Concert Spotlights: Slack Key Ohana, Dave Gleason, The Gand Band, Mark Langford etc.

The latest edition of The Beach and Bay Press / La Jolla Village News has Bart Mendoza's concert spotlights: Slack Key Ohana at the (PIFA) Pacific Islander Festival, Dave Gleason at Beaumont's Eatery, Full Strength at The Lot, Mark Langford at Pechanga Arena's Stella Artois Lounge, pianist Alison Luedecke and cellist Margaret Tait at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and The Gand Band at Hennessey’s Tavern, La Jolla
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Monday, September 5, 2022

Bat Mendoza's Birthday / New Manual Scan

Bart Mendoza's 60th Birthday party took place on September 4 at Rock and Roll San Diego / Hendrix Hall. The party included performances from Slack Key Ohana and Nathan Raney as well as Manual Scan, who premiered thier upcoming five song EP*, and were joined by a few musical guests, including Jerry Raney of The Beat Farmers and Laurie Beebe Lewis of The Mamas and Papas / The Buckinghams. Read here:

* Biff Bang Pow
* (She's Used To Playing With) Fire
* David May
* (Baby My) Couch Is On Fire
* Shooting Stars
No Matter What (with Laurie Beebe Lewis / vocals & Billy Tisch / percussion)
Heartful of Soul (with Jerry Raney / guitar, vocals & Billy Tisch / percussion)
Gloria (with Jerry Raney / guitar, vocals & Billy Tisch / saxophone)

Friday, September 2, 2022

New Concert Spotlights: Danny Green, Chicago, Jonny Tarr, Patrick Lamb and Fred Benedetti

Bart Mendoza's latest for the La Jolla Village News / Beach and Bay Press includes previews of: Danny Green at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Patrick Lamb at Humphreys Backstage Live, Chicago at Humphreys Concerts by the bay, Jonny Tarr at Westfield UTC's Palm Plaza, Emotional Rescue helps Beaumont's Eatery celebrate it's 17th Anniversary and the Fred Benedetti Trio at the Pacific Beach Library. Read here:

Saturday, August 27, 2022

New Interviews: minituarized, The Bacon Brothers, Ready Set Survive and more

The latest edition of Bart Mendoza's Music Scene SD is out now, online and on newstands!

A preview of the upcoming Bacon Brothers concert and Recommended shows, including the Infloresence, Josie Cotton at the Casbah San Diego, Echo & The Bunnymen, Waaves and the San Diego Blues Festival with Billy Gibbons, Taryn Donath and more.
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A look at the upcoming 40th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair with quotes from Jerry Raney of the Beat Farmers, Tamar Berk, John Roy of Smoke + Mirrors Soundsystem, Nathan Raney and Jonny Tarr, plus a conversation with Troy Cook of Ready Set Survive
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A conversation with Timothy Joseph about his new band, miniaturized
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San Diego Music news with:The Tourmaliners, Farm Truck, San Diego Music Awards, Tim Flannery, Carnifex, David Fleminger, Smoke + Mirrors Soundsystem, Lexington Field, Stephen Bishop, Dead Cross, Lords of the Satellite, Nathan East, The Monroes, Cathryn Beeks and more
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Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Zombies at the Knitting Factory 2003

Bart Mendoza caught up with The Zombies backstage at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood on August 21, 2003. Paul Atkinson joined the band that night for a version of "She's Not There."

with Colin Blunstone
with Jim Rodford
with Rod Argent

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Manual Scan at KUSF / San Francisco January 31, 1987

On January 31, 1987 Manual Scan stopped in at San Francisco radio station, KUSF to play a few songs and guest DJ before a show that night at The Mabuhay Gardens:
SetlistFM entry:

David Anderson at the Board, with Bart
David, Bart and Joe Mendoza give The Times some airplay :-)
Bart Mendoza, Linda Ryan in the booth

Bart Mendoza and David Anderson

New Concert Spotlights: The Untouchables, Peter Sprague, The Killers, Lauren Leigh etc

 My latest for the Beach and Bay Press / La Jolla Village News with spotlights on: Lost in the 80''s with The Untouchables - Los Angeles, A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The English Beat, Missing Persons,  Stacey Q, Musical Youth, Naked Eyes, Animotion and Kon Kan at Humphreys Concerts by the bay, Lauren Leigh Martin at Humphreys Backstage Live, Peter Sprague at Dizzy's, The Killers and Johnny Marr at Pechanga Arena San Diego and Christopher Hollyday at the La Jolla Community Center - Support Live Music! Read Here:

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Sugarplum covers Manual Scan

Hi-Lo Records recently posted a blog about Anthony Meynell's trip with his band Sugarplum to Los Angeles Powerpop Festival, Poptopia in 1997 and a follow up 2002 gig at the Dublin Castle in London. The post includes the latter's set list and it includes a version of Manual Scan's "Confidence & Love" ! The show was filmed, so with any luck a clip will eventually surface. Sugarplum recorded a studio version of the song for The Shambles tribute album, Forty One Sixty, but this is the first time hearing that the song made it to the live stage. You can read more details here:

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Manual Scan at the Adams Avenue Street Fair September 24

The Adams Avenue Street Fair schedule is here! On Saturday September 24 The Casbah Stage features Manual Scan (4 p.m.) as well as King Whisker, Tamar Berk, Low Volts, Scarry Pierre, The Loons and Starcrawler! Lots of other great stages as well with the Beat Farmers, Whitney Shay and more, while Manual Scan fans can also catch David Fleminger performing sets with Chloe Lou & The Liddells as well as his own Alvino & The Dwells - Free / Outdoors / All Ages!

Sunday, August 7, 2022

True Stories 2014 Pacific Beat Sessions

Here are photos of True Stories recording at Pacific Beat with producer Alan Sanderson circa 2014. L-R Alan Sanderson, David Fleminger, Bart Mendoza and Danny Cress.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

New Concert Spotlights: The Shenanigans, Smokey Robinson, Moonage Daydreamers, Lori Bell and more

Bart Mendoza's latest for the Beach and Bay Press / La Jolla Village News includes spotlights on The Shenanigans (with Mark DeCerbo, Jack Pinney, Jim McInnes, Chris Klich etc) at Humphreys Backstage Live, Smokey Robinson at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, Moonage Daydreamers at Beaumont's Eatery, Lori Bell & Mikan Zlatkovich at Dizzy's, The Harvard Din & Tonics at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and The Heroes at Scripps Park
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

True Stories at Cityfest on August 14!

 It's official! True Stories is playing at Hillcrest Cityfest 2022 on August 14. CityFest runs from Noon til 11 p.m., with True Stories on at 4:20 p.m. The band will be playing thier upcoming single, "She's Magic," with a line-up that will include Bart Mendoza, Greg Smith (Falling Doves), Mark DeCerbo (Four Eyes / Rockola), Scott Mathiasen, Billy Tisch and Alicia Previn, plus very special guests Laurie Beebe Lewis (Mamas and Papas) and Rob Shinno (Hemisphere). Free! Outdoors! All Ages!

Manual Scan at Club Zu 1984

 From the internet: Manual Scan at Club Zu in Solana Beach circa 1984


Friday, July 22, 2022

New! Colin Blunstone / The Zombies interview + Free Summer Concert Series Roundup + Shelter Island Songbirds Showcase

The latest edition of Music Scene SD is out now, available in all Local Umbrella Media Newspapers, in print and online. This time out:

An interview with Colin Blunstone of The Zombies
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A look at the new Songbirds of Shelter Island showcase at Humphreys Backstage Live with Ashley E Norton + A round up of the free summer concert series in Point Loma, Coronado, Pacific Beach and La Jolla with The Surf City All Stars and Kenny Metcalf as Elton pictured + Top 5 Recommended shows with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter" at the Belly Up and Tiki Oasis with the Wyld Gooms at, Swami John Reis at the Casbah and West Coast Iron Works at McP's Irish Pub with (Dave Gilbert)
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Thursday, July 21, 2022

New Concert Previews: Tiki Oasis, Whitney Shay, Lumineers, Peter Sprague and more!

Bart Mendoza's latest for the Beach and Bay Press / La Jolla Village News: A preview of Tiki Oasis with the The Aggrolites, Whitney Shay & the JazzKatz Orchestra at Dizzy's, Kisstroyer at Humphreys Backstage Live, Lumineers at Pechanga Arena San Diego, Captain J and the Jive Crew at Pacific Beach Concerts on the Green and the Peter Sprague Trio at the La Jolla Community Center
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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Jeremy Morris & Friends Set List

Bart Mendoza and Billy Tisch of True Stories joined the Jeremy Morris Band for a set at Navajo Live on July 20. Here's what they played, with Bart and Billy on tracks 8 -15:

Drink It Up
You're Amazing
Your Love Lasts Forever
Everything To Me
Hit You With A Flower
You Make It All Work
Angels In The Air
It's Getting Better *
Highway to Heaven *
Spirit In The Sky*
Twist and Shout*
(Medley): Pop Rules  / Pipeline / Communication Breakdown / Peter Gunn / Born to be Wild*

Roll over Beethoven*

Monday, July 18, 2022

True Stories International Pop Overthrow Set List

According to SetList FM, here's what True Stories played on July 9 at IPO San Diego / The Black Cat Bar
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  • In Your Arms.
  • You Still Take My Breath Away.
  • Problems Of Her Own.
  • She's Magic.
  • Clouds All Day.
  • All Sorts.
  • You're Gonna Miss Me.
  • Dizzy.

The Jeremy Band July 20 at Navajo Live w/ Bart Mendoza

Bart Mendoza will be sitting in on a few songs with The Jeremy Morris Band on July 20 at the Navajo Live bar in La Mesa, Ca. 21 and Up, it's a free show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Local Pyle Episode 1

Bart Mendoza was the initial guest on Tim Pyles new podcast, The Local Pyle
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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Only Three Lads Podcast / Hometown Heroes

The latest edition of The Only Three Lads podcast features "Top 5 Musical Hometown Heroes," with Bart Mendoza as #1 for San Diego.
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Friday, July 8, 2022

New Concert Spotlights for Pacific Beach & La Jolla: Joel Frahm, The Temptations, Santana Soul and more

Bart Mendoza's latest for the Beach and Bay Press / La Jolla Village News includes concert spotlights on: The Full Strength Funk Band at La Jolla Concerts By the Sea, Santana Soul at Campland on the Bay, Red Headed Strangers (The RHS) at Humphreys Backstage Live, The Four Tops / The Temptations at Humphreys Concerts by the bay, The Mocambo Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy's, and Joel Frahm at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library - Read here:

Friday, July 1, 2022

IPO article in the San Diego Troubadour!

True Stories is included in an article on this year's International Pop Overthrow, featured in the July issue of the San Diego Troubadour!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

True Stories at International Pop Overthrow July 9 / Black Cat Bar

True Stories will perform at International Pop Overthrow on July 9at the Black Cat Bar. The band will feature an all-star lineup including Bart Mendoza, Mark DeCerbo, Scott Mathiasen, Greg Smith, Alicia Previn and Billy Tisch. meanwhile, the lineup features Hector Penalosa, Tamar Berk, Swive, Night Swims and Casino Spanish Eyes.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Music's Future Band - Don't Fear The Reaper

"Pacific Records is proud to announce a new version of rock classic “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” the first in a series of singles produced by Sppike Mike Muellenberg and executive produced by label CEO, Brian Witkin, under the Music’s Future banner, as a fundraiser for the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars In School Program. The collaborative effort includes Mike Watt (Minutemen / firehose / The Stooges), Mike Reiter (27 Various / The Dig), Doug Walker (The Dwarves / The Spice Pistols), Bart Mendoza (Manual Scan / The Shambles), Anna Zinova (Pinkeye), Nick Aguilar (Slaughterhouse), Robbie Allen and Will Lerner (Shake Before Us / Strawberry Moons), with studio production by Jeff Berkley."

Saturday, June 25, 2022

San Diego Reader / DJ Tim Pyles / Loudspeaker / 91X

Bart Mendoza has an article in the current edition of the San Diego Reader, about changes at the long running 91X-FM radio program, Loudspeaker and DJ Tim Pyles upcoming projects.
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